Lauren Boyle out of World Swimming Championships due to hip surgery

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New Zealand’s best swimmer Lauren Boyle will miss next month’s FINA World Swimming Championships due to hip surgery.

The 29-year-old withdrew from the competition, which starts in Budapest on July 20, on Thursday, after opting to get much-needed surgery on her hip, which has troubled her since before last year’s Rio Olympics.

The 2015 World Championship double medallist returned to training in Auckland early in 2017, but made the decision to have the surgery late last month after consulting with medical experts.

That decision was made to give her the best chance of improving on her all-time Commonwealth Games medal haul of four at next year’s event on the Gold Coast.

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